Tell me nice things about breastfeeding a toddler?

(17 Posts)
Magmar Mon 24-Mar-14 00:01:29

I'm bf my 4 month old and planning to continue as long as he likes and I just wanted to hear some nice things because I can't wait smile

Paintyfingers Mon 24-Mar-14 00:49:22

When they ask for milk for the first time - just adorable smile

Pommes Mon 24-Mar-14 02:01:41

"Malkies please Mummy..."
(Just turned 2yo)

Paintyfingers Mon 24-Mar-14 09:13:29

Being asked to bf a little toy animal!

Bf a little live wire to sleep so fast that no one else can believe it took 5 minutes!!! grin

SaveTheMockingBird Mon 24-Mar-14 09:37:50

You know you have a breastfed toddler/preschooler when they say, "look mummy, that baby is having mama milks" stopping and pointing at a lady bfing on a train recently. Luckily the lady was very amused and found it hilarious!

atthestrokeoftwelve Mon 24-Mar-14 09:47:24

When you are told that your breastmilk tastes like "liquid jewels".

leedy Mon 24-Mar-14 10:38:10

"Dankoo. Nice mi'k."

Nocomet Mon 24-Mar-14 10:49:41

The fact that it's obviously special and important to them.

Yoou don't choose to BF a toddler, they choose to continue feeeding.

It's an art to latch on with teeth and without a babies flat nose. A toddler needs to like breast milk and mummy cuddles enough to bother learning.

leedy Mon 24-Mar-14 10:51:49

Also, how much easier it is than feeding a tiny - not feeding nearly so frequently, can miss a feed (or several) without it really mattering (by the time DS1 was 19 months or so I regularly missed his bedtime feed and by the time he was 2 I could go away overnight/for a weekend/longer once I had a pump).

TinyTear Mon 24-Mar-14 10:59:08

When she asks for 'mummy milk' is lovely... when she wants milky cuddles... when she says 'bobbie out' and that daddy doesn't have boobies grin

When she still falls asleep on you with a satisfied milky face...

When they are ill and off their food and don't get dehydrated because they are getting your milk.

when you have to stay with them 3 days in hospital and you get meals free because you are still breastfeeding (of course I would rather not have been in the hospital... but she coped and didn't need fluids)

when she picks the side and then asks for the 'other side'

so much...

JoinTheDots Mon 24-Mar-14 11:03:23

How it can calm them down from any upset, bump or scare with little time or effort. How it gets them off to sleep soundly and quickly. How they will cuddle up to you and all you can feel is a lovely rush of warmth and love as they feed. The words they use to ask for and thank you for milk. How it no longer takes ages to feed (comparing to my 2 week old that is!) and it no longer has to be all night. How you can negotiate about when, where and how much so that the relationship is a two way thing.

Aww, I miss feeding my toddler!

Nocomet Mon 24-Mar-14 11:16:02

Yes, great when they are ill or tired.

The two way thing becomeas very special.

DD2 said she'd give up when she started school, she didn't she decided weekends holidays didn't count.

From as soon as they learn to talk you end up with lots of little shared jokes. Underwrired bras got cursed as they have to be moved carefully not shoved out the way. Sometimes, I'd put on a dress and DD would give me a look. She knew that meant no milk util bed time.

Despite what people say BFing doesn't keep them babies, it's just something else they learn to do in a more mature way.

Like all stages of growing up, that's just special to share.

Nocomet Mon 24-Mar-14 11:19:31

(Sorry, my Kindle keyboard has gone potty. It's throwing in random letters. I'm going to reboot it)

Magmar Mon 24-Mar-14 23:00:59

These are so lovely smile

Paintyfingers Tue 25-Mar-14 14:37:28

If you like reading about bf toddlers have you read the LLL book the womanly art of Bf? You can get it on Amazon and it has lovely chapters on bf at each stage!

weebairn Tue 25-Mar-14 14:55:19

Bf a toddler is awesome.

"Do you want milk?" <nods vigorously, lies down and cuddles you ready>
Half way through sometimes she unlatches and says "mama".

(she is 18 months)

I only do it once a day so it's no hassle whatsoever, and I can go away overnight or go out or do whatever I please, but it's always a magic option for a tantrum/illnesss.

I am pregnant again and my boobs aren't bigger or sore this time round, i think this must be the feeding smile

TinyTear Tue 25-Mar-14 15:13:13

Yesterday when we got home from the nursery while I was getting a glass of water my 2yo took everything off the sofa, put my cushion in place and was holding the cushion she lies on waiting for me to sit down for mummy milk
grin
awwwww

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